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"I am someone who wants very much to be popular. I don't just want you to like me, I want to be one of the most joy-inducing human beings that you've ever encountered. I want to explode on your night sky like fireworks at midnight on New Year's Eve in Hong Kong."
--Carrie Fisher, The Princess Diarist
I very much enjoyed the experience of listening to this book, and I think if you're a Carrie Fisher fan (a fan of this author's previous works, especially the hilarious and autobiographical Wishful Drinking), you will like it a lot. But please don't buy this book or use a credit on it expecting to hear what it was like to participate in the making of the original Star Wars movies, or you'll be terribly disappointed. The "diaries" are just a selection of painfully sad love poems (maing up approximately the middle one-fifth of the book) all relating to Fisher's feelings of longing, self-doubt, guilt, and almost unendurable loneliness during her unsatisfying (to say the least!!) three-month affair with Harrison Ford during the making of the first film. Those poems are read very well by Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, who movingly conveys the anguish felt by the achingly insecure, inexperienced 19-year-old Carrie as she wonders poetically why her haughty, silent, aloof costar (a married father of two in his mid-thirties) doesn't love her. But you'll still feel cheated if you were expecting ANY (much less many) anecdotes from the movie set.
The three-fourths or four-fifths of the book before and after the poetry segment is about what it's been like for the author to lead her life in the shadow of her Princess Leia character. It's quite meandering and some of it feels like filler, but it's very much worth listening to. Some of the most interesting sections consisting of the author's impersonations of her fans who stop her on the street every day asking for autographs and pictures.
Thanks for the fun listen, Carrie! This didn't exactly live up to my expectations, but I'm glad and grateful that you chose to share your recollections. Because of you, I had a big smile on my face several days this past week on my way to work. Grade: Solid B-plus.
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So, I am one who didn't get this book because of the pre-release hype of the "illicit" affair.
Spoiler, if you haven't seen or read anything else about this book, yes she talks about the affair with Ford, but no, she doesn't go into any detail if that's what you are after.
No, I was hoping for some hidden untold story from forgotten recollections of the filming of the first Star Wars movie from 1976 that would be revealed by a key actor.
Hmmm, not so much actually.
These are the recollections of Carrie Fisher of her own life and times during the time from just before being selected to play Leia and what her life quickly became after.
I had not ever listened to anything written by Carrie Fisher before this. And, after listening to her writing and her narration of her story, the ONLY one who could really narrate it!, I realized I had been missing her genuine good writing and comedic skills.
I had always known about about her later years battles with family, drugs and alcohol and just didn't think what she'd write would be very good, even though she's had plays and movies made from her writings.
I was wrong in that assumption and I really enjoyed listening to her views and opinions on what she had written about here.
I also thought it was excellent to have her own daughter, Billie Lourd, read the actual excerpts of her diary included in this book towards the end. In doing that, I think, it gave a flashback style and sounding more like it was Fisher herself at the time she was writing her thoughts and observations into her diary.
26 of 31 people found this review helpful
funny, revealing, amazing; Carrie is a legend - great insights for Star Wars and Carrie Fisher fans
If you have ever hung out with a group of people, friends or developing friends, you tell stories. Carrie Fisher presents her Stars Wars past in this manner. She tells stories that make you feel you are getting to know her. Likeable stories, acted out by the original herself.
Not great literature but great coffee chat.